Whether you are a regular customer or a brand new face in our restaurant, you will surely love our sweet and refreshing bubble tea! The scrumptious combination of tapioca pearls, tea, milk and honey is a perfect way to satisfy every sweet tooth’s craving. But if you can’t get enough of this saccharine beverage, perhaps the bubble tea fun facts listed below will make every sip burst with new and delightful information.

Humble beginnings

  • The bubble tea you all came to adore originated in Taiwan during the late 1980’s, but quickly rose to international fame in no time. It was created after Lin Hsiu Hui, Shui Tang tea house’s brand manager, unwittingly dunked her sweetened pudding and tapioca into her cup of iced tea.
  • The preparation for bubble tea was also inspired by the cold coffee served in Japanese restaurants.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the word ‘bubble’ does not refer to the tapioca balls in the tea. In truth, the name of the said beverage was based on the bubble foams formed on top of the tea after it is shaken to improve its taste.
  • As it continuously dominated cafés worldwide, bubble tea earned different names and recipe variations. For instance, the Chinese refer to it as the Zhen zhu nai cha, while the people in Hong Kong nicknamed the drink ‘boba’, a slang term for big breasts, after replacing the small pearls of tapioca with bigger versions.

The Ingredients

  • The old recipe consisted of black tea, sweetened condensed milk, tapioca pearls and honey or syrup made of water and sugar.
  • The tapioca balls, boba’s star ingredient, are made from starch produced by the cassava root. It is usually dipped in a mixture of brown sugar and water, resulting to its brown color and tastiness.
  • Depending on how it is prepared, the tapioca balls may also possess different shades like green, peach and yellow.
  • To determine whether the tapioca balls in your bubble tea are cooked just right, its consistency should be similar to that of a gummy bear’s. Otherwise, undercooked tapioca feels starchy when bitten, while overcooked ones are soft and easier to break down like Jell-O.
  • You can add different ingredients to make bubble tea more interesting and unique. Ingredients like lychee, avocado, almonds, honey dew, coconut, aloe vera, strawberry, papaya and mango produce a healthier type of bubble tea. Likewise, modern recipes are also using earl grey, jasmine tea, green tea and yoghurt for a truly outstanding flavor.

Health benefits

  • Bubble teas with either black or green tea as the main ingredient contains health boosting properties. Aside from flushing out the build-up of toxins in the skin, they also create a protective barrier against skin cancer, free radicals, diabetes, high cholesterol and kidney stones.
  • The carbohydrates and calories in each serving of bubble tea are vital elements for a well-rounded diet. They can be a source of quick energy as well. However, if you wish to have a healthier bubble tea, you can opt for those made with low fat milk and fresh fruits.

Better yet, for a truly wholesome and one-of-a-kind bubble tea experience, visit us at New Dong Khanh Vietnamese and Chinese Cuisine. Our invigorating boba tea is best paired with our wide array of authentic and mouth-watering Asian dishes. For reservations, dial (617)-426-9410.